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Clearly, the global pandemic has made it impossible to host over 300 dinner guests and have hundreds of volunteers under one roof on Christmas Day, but we still want to provide as much Christmas as we can to our less-fortunate Westchester neighbors. The 2020 Christmas Dinner will be happening, but on a reduced scale and in reimagined form.

On Christmas Day, we will be delivering hot Christmas meals along with bags of new clothing and toys to selected families and residents in northern Westchester County. A food truck will be in the St. Mary’s school parking lot preparing to-go meals. The school classrooms will be used to sort and bag new clothing and gifts on the days leading up to Christmas. A caravan of delivery volunteers will drive the meals and gift bags to the homes of our dinner guests. These Christmas deliveries will be left on doorsteps after phone confirmation is made with the people inside. There will be no direct contact with our dinner guests, sad to say, but keeping guests and volunteers safe from potential COVID exposure is priority 1-A.

There will be no food, clothing or gifts distributed at
St. Mary’s School on Christmas Day

At this point, we do not know how many families we will be serving and therefore we do not know how many volunteer drivers will be needed. We’ll be compiling a sign-up list, but please understand volunteers may not know until Christmas Eve whether or not they are needed to make a delivery. Click here to add your name to the list, or email our Volunteer Coordinator, Jane Emmer, jweilemmer@gmail. Aside from a few selected shopping roles, these will be the only volunteer opportunities for this year’s Christmas Dinner. 

All 2020 dinner guests will reside in northern Westchester County. They will be coordinated in partnership with the Community Center of Northern Westchester. For more information, please contact Noya Guerrero  (914) 232-6572, ext. 110.  nguerrero@communitycenternw.org

We all will certainly miss creating and sharing the warm, Christmas spirit with our dinner guests and fellow volunteers. That camaraderie and shared celebration has been the hallmark of the Westchester Christmas Dinner. We pray this pandemic subsides by next winter so you can once again join us again for a festive Christmas Day in the St. Mary’s gymnasium.

 

 

 

 

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